Friday, April 20, 2012


Stop what you're doing.  Stop.  Right now.  You need to rush out and buy this book:

Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected - A Memoir

This was such a bittersweet book for me... I read it through many tears and much laughter. It's a beautiful story of love and celebration that EVERYONE should read, whether you have a loved one with Down syndrome or not.

"Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella's first year of life—a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective."

I saw it featured in People magazine, and purchased it from Amazon that same night. I curled up in bed last night and started Bloom, and I almost made it through the entire book in one sitting. But by 3am I had to put it down and save the rest for tonight.

I sobbed during some parts, knowing EXACTLY what the author was feeling and experiencing... it took me back to those early days and I relived many of my own memories. And then I would laugh so hard at the very next sentence, I'd wake Dave up who was sleeping peacefully next to me. 
The author had a whole safety net of people to lean on and support her.  We had nobody to lean on... we had just moved to San Diego 4 short weeks before hand and had no family, no friends, no family priest, no family doctor.... NOBODY.  I look back at those days and wonder how I ever made it through. But thankfully, I DID. *WE* did. We made it through. And it's been good. :) 

But seriously, stop reading my blog and run out and go get this book!!!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

"Pink" Dessert

I made this dessert for Easter Sunday.  It's SO SIMPLE to make.  Best part??? ....  Everyone seemed to really like it!  YEAH for easy, delicious desserts!

Pink Strawberry Cake, bake according to box directions
Let cake cool completely
Top with Vanilla Instant Pudding
Spread a can of Crushed Pineapple (drained) over the pudding
Top it off with a tub of Whipped Cream (I make mine pink with food coloring)
Garnish with strawberries or pineapple rings
Refrigerate until ready to serve (and any left overs, if there *are* any!)

I have to thank my girlfriend Debra for this delicious (& EASY!) dessert!